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Megan Jacob

Professor; Director of Diagnostic Laboratories

CVM Main Building C340


Dr. Megan Jacob is an Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology and Director of Diagnostic Laboratories at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She came to Raleigh after completing her undergraduate education in microbiology at the University of Wyoming and her MS, PhD and post-doctoral work in veterinary pathobiology at Kansas State University. Her graduate and post-doctoral research programs were focused on the epidemiology and ecology of foodborne pathogens, specifically E. coli O157 and Salmonella in feedlot cattle. Megan’s continued research interests are in pre-harvest food safety and transmission dynamics of pathogenic bacteria, specifically at publically attended livestock interactions. She has also developed a research program in veterinary diagnostic microbiology focused on diagnosing and monitoring antimicrobial resistant organisms in animal populations. She continuously works to improve the laboratory diagnostic experience for veterinary clinicians and is engaged with projects to expand diagnostic opportunities throughout the US and globally.


American Society of Microbiology
International Association for Food Protection
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

Area(s) of Expertise

Antimicrobial Resistance
E. coli transmission and ecology
Bacteriology diagnostics


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